China’s Xi to visit Russia March 20, his first visit since Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to China’s President Xi Jinping in the course of the Shanghai Cooperation Group leaders’ summit in Samarkand on Sept. 16, 2022.

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BEIJING — Chinese language President Xi Jinping is ready to go to Russia from March 20 to 22, China’s Ministry of International Affairs introduced Friday.

That is Xi’s first go to to Russia because the invasion of Ukraine in late February final yr.

The 2 leaders final met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in September.

The ministry mentioned the go to was at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request. It didn’t specify whether or not Putin would meet with Xi.

The 2 leaders are anticipated to debate additional Sino-Russian cooperation, the Kremlin mentioned in a press release, including that “vital bilateral paperwork might be signed” with out elaborating.

The go to comes as China known as once more for a ceasefire within the Russia-Ukraine warfare and for peace talks to resolve the battle that started simply over a yr in the past.

Beijing has refused to name Moscow’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine an invasion.

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